Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Galgorm Resort & Spa - A Little Luxury Treat

So I am sure if you live in or around Ireland/Northern Ireland you have heard of the Galgorm Resort & Spa in Ballymena. The complex is known for its weddings, spa, hotel and restaurant. I had visited the complex about 6 years ago but it has changed a lot since back then.

Soo when I was kindly invited to go and have a look around their new Thermal Spa and restaurant I'm sure you can imagine my excitement.

So last week I set off up to the Galgorm resort where I met some of my other blogger girls, we headed into the newly renovated thermal spa, as soon as you go into the gardens there are beautiful trees and bushes giving a tranquil feel to the place.

On opening the doors you are greeted with a luxurious spa smell, that just makes you feel all warm and cosy inside. We were shown to the thermal spa reception and given a locker key where we were told robes and slippers were waiting for us.

Myself and a couple of the other girls were thoroughly under prepared and hadn't brought any swimwear with us. I thought we were only having a look at what was available however we were actually aloud use of it.

Being a bigger girl I was expecting the robe to not fit me, and I was correct. It is such an embarrassing feeling but my friends are soo nice and they went and asked the reception if their were larger robes available.

Yayyy I got a robe that fitted me, all be it a floor length extra thick one, I felt like the rest of the gang :)

So onto the evening itself, we all went to the Orangery where we were greeted with drinks and canapés and met Tara who talked to us all about the refurbishment and also their new treatment partner BIOEFFECT.

Galgorm resort & spa is the only place in the whole of Ireland North and South that you can find BIOEFFECT. We got a run threw of all their products as a facial demonstration was taking place. Their products are from Iceland and focus on what the skin actually needs using as little ingredients in the products as possible.

Then over to the spa dome-shaped restaurant Elements. The dome is 1 of only 6 in the world, and when you walk in it is decorated beautifully, so relaxing and calm just like the feel of the rest of the spa. We were treated to a gin making class where we learned how to make a 'Gin Daisy' and then got to try one... oh my they were delicious.

The chef had cooked us up some amazing food that was a mix of healthy yet lovely. We even got some cute little desserts. I could honestly have stayed in the dome forever, I even joked about moving in... seriously though it had such a homely cosy feel to it.

The rest of the evening was then ours to go off and enjoy the thermal spa how we wanted. As I didn't have my swimwear or a change of clothes with me I couldn't go swimming or use the Jacuzzis or hot tubs, though they looked fab. I was gutted, BUT I did make use of their snow cabin! Yes that's right a snow cabin eek.

I love snow and anything chilly so me and my girls headed straight into it and had such a giggle, of course we took loads of pictures strutting our best poses, it is freezing though so we didn't stay in too long. We then headed outside to the fire pit for a little bit more posing and to heat our self back up.

As the night was coming to an end we made our way back indoors where some of the girls decided to have a little dip, I however decided to take a seat on one of their heated seats and just relax!

On the way out we were soo very kindly given a little gift of a spa candle and a sample set of BIOEFFECTS along with a little offer for all of you lovely people :)

To make use of the offer and get a free glass of prosecco and spa gift with any 90 minute signature treatment. Valid Monday - Thursday throughout October and November quote 'Spa September Bloggers' when booking. To book contact louise by emailing her at lnicholl@galgorm.com.

I came away feeling soo thankful to have been given the chance to have a look around, I came home and told my other half all about it and we both quickly decided we need to go back. Their are some fantastic deals on at the minute and you can check them out over on the website (HERE).

If you are looking for a luxurious treat for yourself or for a friend I cannot recommend the Galgorm Thermal Spa enough.

Lots of Love...

Victoria xx

Friday, 1 September 2017

West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Launch

Last week I was very kindly invited to attended the West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Launch in the fabulous Bullit Hotel in Belfast. I want to thank Cathy Martin of CMPR for the invite, as it was an amazing day.

I have never been to fashion week before so I had no idea what to expect, I have always loved fashion but was never at any fashion shows or anything to do with fashion, so I was so lucky to attend the 24th season launch.

I decided to go for a wide leg jumpsuit with a bright flower design. I went for flat sandals for footwear and kept my makeup simply with some browns and golds. For my hair I got it curled and to stick with the flower theme I had a flower accessory clipped in.

I met up with some of my blogger girlies and we headed into the venue, I had never been to Bullit before but I have to say it is a fantastic little spot and I will definitely come back. We were greeted on entrance with a lovely refreshing glass of West Coast Cooler.

Me and the girls then had our photo taken and had a little look at some of the yummy treats on offer to try. We then went and found the perfect spot just before the show started.

Some of the outfits were out of this world, they were stunning. Their was a mix of the latest and upcoming trends with loads of reds, burgundy's, metallic, glitter and velvet. Autumn/ Winter 2017/2018 is going to be seriously stylish!

There was a range of different brands and designers on display at the show. Some were high end fashion and other pieces were high street fashion. I really liked this as it catered for everyone.

The pictures down below are some of my favourite looks from the day :)

As you can probably tell I adore pink, velvet and metallic. So I was delighted to see that these will be the upcoming trends to carry us through Autumn/Winter.

The show itself was fabulous, I really enjoyed it and it gave me a little fire in my belly to focus more on fashion, I have covered it a little bit on my blog but was always a little scared to put myself out there, but thanks to Cathy Martin I am definitely going to blog about fashion a lot more :)

Not only were we all treated to a fantastic day, on our way out we were all given a goodie bag bursting with products from varies brands such as Evian, West Coast Cooler, Pop Notch, Alfaparf, Lavazza coffee, Glenisk, Ballymaloe and Ruby 67 Boutique.

I came away feeling fantastic and if you can I would highly recommend popping to some of the upcoming shows. For information on the shows and tickets you can find it all HERE.

Lots of Love...

Victoria xx